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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 2, 2012 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

I dunno but I did find it odd that once the formula of srums/space was cemented ( what 80 or 81 as far as every show? )that almost always with very little exception did the 2nd set fit on a 90 min tape with side a ending in drums and 2 beginning with space.I mean what did they have a timer go off or seomthing?

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 2, 2012 3:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

Ha--yup, I am right there with you: it was probably the MOST precise time keeping method known to humankind--the "opioid/cocaine dependency clock", eh?

Don't you think?

;)

Seriously, it was really REGULAR! It was about the time I lost interest, but I recall how absolutely consistent the shows were I'd see on tape in the early 80s. Never varied.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: May 3, 2012 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

Yes but endless tuning,stage banter, equipment malfunctions also added to the time no matter what part of the show it was.One other thing, when I was at the Spartan Stadium show ther was a huge blackboard on side of the stage w/ times aloted for each group,set changes and the ocassional announcement.This was to hold true at most of the stadium Bill Graham produced shows.So in fact they were timed.....

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: May 2, 2012 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

Actually this is true - a little known fact. They hired a hippie to stand offstage with a timer and let them know when to land. Occasionally, this person would get a little too dosed and fall over, hence anomalies like the 5/21/74/PITB which lasts for 46 minutes. I'm sure others can offer a myriad of other instances.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 2, 2012 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

In a little documented event, executives with the U.S. branch of the Maxell tape division met at Front Street Studios with members of the band and their legal and management team in late '79 just prior to the New Years' run to hammer out the parameters of all future shows. In return for agreeing to cap their sets at 90 minutes (with the occasional caveat that they could throw in a "bonus" Might as Well, Don't Ease, or Day Job at the end of set I or as a throwaway encore), the GD enterprise was awarded a shitload of stock options. Unfortunately, the deal turned sour with the advent of the CD and then went belly-up with digital downloads.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 2, 2012 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset: DHead & BD

Ha--the three of us must have been typing these posts up simultaneously!

I like yours, BD; besides Jerry could've been going for sugar as easily as drugs, eh?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 2, 2012 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

haha. But the joke was on those who were given Maxell points stock options for as soon as they tried to cash in their savings CD recording technology became available

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: May 2, 2012 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful dead mindset

Speaking of maxell points I still want mine Forget about the free t shirt and poster